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Murder-accused struggled to deal with toddler, court told

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 21/03/2017

Ihaka Stokes © Mediaworks Ihaka Stokes The mother of a 15-month-old boy who died after allegedly being beaten by her former partner has spoken in court today.

Troy Taylor is on trial in the High Court in Christchurch for assaulting and murdering Ihaka Stokes in his home in 2015.

Mikala Stokes, Ihaka's mother, was the first witness to be called by the prosecution, and told the court about the repeated headaches Mr Taylor was suffering at the time.

The court has been told about a series of text messages between Ms Stokes and Mr Taylor, where he talked about experiencing a series of headaches brought on by his repeated concussions.

Mr Taylor was at home being supported by ACC while he was suffering the headaches, and was attempting to care for Ihaka, the court was told.

Ms Stokes said Ihaka thought of him as his father, but some of the messages showed Mr Taylor struggling to deal with the toddler, especially when it came to getting him to sleep.

The Crown's case is that Mr Taylor lost his temper due to the effects of his concussion injuries and beat the 15-month-old to death.

The case continues.

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